Dear Colleagues,

With this email, we begin what will be a monthly update that you will receive the first Wednesday of every month.

The purpose is to improve communication between different levels within the medical center and also within the work groups in our growing department.

Yu Shyr will be leading this continuous quality improvement project. If you have suggestions or questions to be answered in future updates, please add your comments here:


Welcome to New Employees:
  • Lei Xu, Research Assistant Professor, 1/3/08
  • Dana Blakemore, Biostatistician II, 1/7/08
  • Samuel Nwosu, Biostatistician II, 1/7/08

_Additional Good News:_
  • William Wu and his wife welcomed a new baby girl to their family on 1/7/08!


Bill Dupont and Ayumi Shintani will teach in the MPH and MSCI programs, respectively, during February; Pingsheng Wu will provide TA support.

For more information on VUMC's approach to superior service and quality, please see Elevate.


Training, continuing education and skills development:

Interested in improving your skills? The following CRC Workshops might be of interest to you:

Jan 11, 2008
  • How to improve your science writing/Lynne Hutchison, Director of Communications, School of Medicine

Jan 18, 2008
  • How to Maintain Responsible Conduct in Research - Part 1 - Scientific Misconduct, Publication Practices, and Responsible Authorship/Lauren Solberg, Vanderbilt Law School

Jan 25, 2008
  • How to Maintain Responsible Conduct in Research - Part 2 - Human Subjects and Animal Welfare/Lauren Solberg, Vanderbilt Law School

Feb 2008 (four workshops)
  • How to Begin Using Microsoft Excel
  • How to Use Formulas and Functions in Microsoft Excel
  • How to Create Graphs in Microsoft Excel
  • How to Use PivotTable + PivotChart Reports and Macros in Microsoft Excel
    Theresa Scott, Department of Biostatistics

Upcoming department seminars:

Jan 16, 2008; 1:30-2:30pm, MRBIII 1220
  • Choosing the Best Items: An objective multi-model approach to applied psychometrics by Warren Lambert, Ph.D., Senior Research Associate, Vanderbilt Center for Evaluation and Program Improvement (CEPI) and Director of the Statistical and Methodological Core at Vanderbilt Kennedy Center (KC)

Jan 23, 2008; 1:30-2:30pm, MRBIII 1220
  • Potential Problems and Ambiguities Associated with "Well-Fitting" Structural Equation Models by Andy Tomarken, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Chair, Department of Psychology, Vanderbilt University


The CTSA ($40 million Clinical and Translational Science Award), the largest single government research grant to expedite the translation of laboratory discoveries to patients in the community is now providing a wealth of additional resources for investigators. For more information go to starbrite.

Vanderbilt Medical Center expansion to One Hundred Oaks. VUMC signed an agreement to lease more than half of 100 Oaks Mall in order to transform it into another campus of the Medical Center. The facility, Vanderbilt Health at One Hundred Oaks, will expand the Medical Center's size by almost 440,000 square feet. Some outpatient clinics and offices will move to the second and third floors of the mall, as well as to an adjacent office tower. Officials expect some VUMC staff and faculty to be going to work at the new location by the summer of 2008 (from VUMC Reporter).


The FY09 School of Medicine budget rollout meeting is scheduled for 1/11/08.

Hope you find this update useful.

Frank Harrell, Yu Shyr, Dan Byrne and Linda Stewart
Topic revision: r14 - 02 Apr 2008, LindaStewart

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